More than 10,000 people of Komkui and Solo, in the Hagen Central Electorate, will soon benefit from a K1.3 Million health centre.
When visiting the Mt Hagen General Hospital, they have always been asked to visit their district’s hospitals before being referred to Mt Hagen.
Yesterday, they received a K100,000 cheque from their local member of Parliament, William Duma, to extend the project.
The K1.3 million funding was from the Mt Hagen Health Authority to build the Health Centre. It comes under their program to partner with churches and build more rural hospitals and health centres in the Western Highlands Province.
This also comes under the National Department of Health Program, to provide access to proper health care to all the rural areas of Papua New Guinea.
The people of Komkui and Solo are from the Moge tribe, one of the biggest tribes in Hagen Central District.
Many of them reside close to the City’s sewerage.
Local Pastor, Gabriel Bak, said many of them fall ill from the smell of the sewerage.
But he said they can’t be treated at Mt Hagen General Hospital because it is a referral hospital, and they need to visit a local clinic before being referred.
A landowner, who gave his land freely to build the health centre, Samuel Ropkin, said he is old wants to be close to the hospital to receive proper health services.
Meanwhile, the K100,000 cheque was presented by Jim Pena, the Executive Officer to William Duma, and was witnessed by Mt Hagen city Authority CEO, Leo Noki.
Pena presented the cheque to a local Contractor who will build two patients wards.